Adaptive Physical Activity for Chronic Stroke "APA-Stroke"


Phase 1 Results

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- evidence of stroke (ischemic or hemorrhagic) minimum 6 months prior in men or women ages 40 or older;
- residual hemiparetic gait deficits;
- already completed all conventional inpatient and outpatient physical therapy;
- ability to rise from a chair unaided and without an assistive device

Exclusion Criteria

- cardiac history of active unstable angina, recent (less than 3 months) myocardial infarction, or congestive heart failure (NYHA category II or higher);
- orthopedic, circulatory, or chronic pain conditions restricting exercise;
- active cancer; poorly controlled hypertension ( greater than 180/100 on 2 readings separated by 5 minutes rest);
- dementia;
- severe receptive or global aphasia with inability to follow 2-step commands;
- co-morbid non-stroke neurological disorder that impairs mobility (e.g. multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's);
- untreated clinical depression;
- inability to complete the "6-Minute Walk" test during baseline testing